Tribute to Portsmouth great-great-grandmother who dies aged 103-year-old

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TRIBUTES have been paid to an ‘extremely caring’ 103-year-old.

Great-great-grandmother Violet Randall, who lived in Portsmouth all her life, dedicated it to looking after others.

Her children Michael, 75, and Jean Ross, 68, paid tribute.

Jean said: ‘She lived for her family and all the kids absolutely adored her.

‘She was such a caring lady, you don’t get many like her any more.’

Jean, whose maiden name was Cook, was born in 1910, to dad Henry and mum Annie, where she lived in Landport.

She met her husband George and married him in 1934.

Jean, of Timpson Road, Landport, a retired probation service officer, said: ‘My mother never left Portsmouth – only when she was evacuated to Devon during the Second World War.

‘She spent a lot of her time looking after her parents, who had Parkinson’s disease.

‘Then she looked after my dad, who died in 1964, from lung cancer.

‘She wasn’t interested in remarrying and lived by herself. She was a very independent woman.

‘Mum helped me raise my kids, and my brother’s. I have four and he has two.’

Violet was known for making big family dinners, and was cooking for everyone until she was aged 94.

She has six grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Michael, a retired carpenter, said: ‘She was one of those that no matter who came to the house, she would feed everybody.

‘She loved baking, and did a brilliant steak pie and bread and butter pudding.

‘She was a strong woman and never spent a day in hospital, until the end.

‘We don’t get people like mum any more.’

Violet lived alone until she started suffering from Alzheimer’s disease in her late 90s.

She moved in with Jean for four years, before going to The Bluebell care home, in St Ronan’s Road, Southsea.

Jean said: ‘My mum stayed as independent as she could, and was still feeding herself before she passed away. Staff were really surprised by that, but that was how mum was.’

The funeral took place at Portchester Crematorium.